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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Rev. Jackie Cameron" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Rev. Jackie Cameron" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:45:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I wait to hearing from you as soon as possible
Your kindness is immensely needed. My name is Rev. Jackie Cameron. I
was born in troupe, Texas. This is a town in east Texas not far from
Austin Texas and I got married to Late Mr. Ramo, I am living in New
Zealand and now hospitalized.
I?m currently suffering from Hepatocellular carcinoma and my health is
deteriorating seriously.Â My doctor said I may not live beyond a
month; I became worried because if I die now, I don?t have any
reliable person that will take care of my adopted daughter Becky
Cameron whom I adopted in the year 2005, immediately the pass onto
glory of my late husband Mr. Ramo Cameron. I am in need of a
realizable person with a good heart that will bring up Becky and take
care of her needs until she?s grown and finished her education, a
person that can take Becky as his or her own daughter, this is the
reason I sent you this letter.
Hence, I inherited the sum of Eight Million, Eight Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars ($8,800,000.00) USD) from my late Husband and if
you consider my proposal worth handling, then I am ready and willing
to entrust my inheritance to you before I die to enable you take care
of my daughter and do my last wishes which are as follows:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Instructions
(1) To donate One Hundred and Fifty Thousand dollars ($150,000.00
USD)to the orphanage.
(2) To donate Five Hundred Thousand dollars ($500,000.00 USD) to a
good cancer foundation.
(3) I am offering you 20% of the total sum as a reward for handling
these assignments and to take care of my adopted daughter.
(4) The remaining funds after all expenses are calculated shall be
handed over to Becky at her 28years.
Upon receipt of your responds then I can detail you more of my
daughter?s situation, how to go about the inheritance and more about
I wait to hearing from you as soon as possible
Rev. Jackie Cameron